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Nursing Home

Christmas at a nursing home in Norway.

A nursing home, convalescent home, skilled nursing facility (SNF), care home, rest home or intermediate care facility[1] provides a type of residential care. It is a place of residence for people who require, as determined by a local hospital social worker and their nursing facility provider, continual nursing care and have significant difficulty coping with the required activities of daily living. Nursing aides and skilled nurses are usually available 24 hours a day, and most are large congregate care facilities with government funding. These facilities are supplemental or competing classes to home care, home health, community services-non-facility, and home and community-based Medicaid waiver services.

History

Before the Industrial Revolution, elderly care was largely in the hands of the family who would support elderly relatives who could no longer do so themselves. Charitable institutions and parish poor relief were other sources of care. In the US, it is still the position of the US government that the family is responsible for care.

Regulations and Facility versus LTSS Oversight

In most countries, there is a degree of government oversight and regulation over the nursing home industry. These regulatory bodies are usually tasked with ensuring patient safety for the residents and improving the standard of care.

Ombudsmen

Residents may have specific legal rights depending on the nation in which the facility is located.

By country

Canada

United Kingdom

United States

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ "old people's home – Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online". Ldoceonline.com. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 

External references

  • "Effect of a pharmacist-led multicomponent intervention focusing on the medication monitoring phase to prevent potential adverse drug events in nursing homes," by Dr. Lapane, Carmel M. Hughes, Ph.D., Lori A. Daiello, Pharm.D., and others in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society 59, pp. 1238–1245, 2011.
  • "Potential underuse, overuse, and inappropriate use of antidepressants in older veteran nursing home residents," by Joseph T. Hanlon, Pharm.D., M.S., Xiaoqiang Wang, M.S., Nicholas G. Castle, Ph.D., and others in the August 2011 Journal of the American Geriatric Society 59(8), pp. 1412–1420.
  • "Diagnosis and treatment of depression in older community-dwelling adults: 1992-2005," by Ayse Akincigil, Ph.D., Mark Olfson, M.D., James T. Walkup, Ph.D., and others in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 59(6), pp. 1042–1051, 2011.
  • "Implications of the accuracy of MEPS prescription drug data for health services research," by Dr. Hill, Dr. Zuvekas, and Mr. Zodet, in the Fall 2011 Inquiry 48(3), pp. 242–259. Reprints (Publication No. 12-R026) are available from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse.

External links

United States

  • Nursing Home Compare Tool — Medicare's past performance results of every certified nursing home in the USA



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